Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Baked KitKats

The other day I was at the local Japanese market and saw they had a new type of KitKat in. I had a couple and saved a few for later.

What I didn't know until a blogger in Japan wrote about these is that they are supposed to be baked. That's right, baked.

So I took the couple I had left.

Which look like regular Kitkats and taste okay unbaked.

I put them in my toaster oven. One thing I may have missed is I did not put them in the fridge beforehand. So I only used the broiler so they would not melt too much on the bottom.

At least I did not burn them. As to how they taste? The cookie inside was much crisper which was nice. I did not think the taste of the white chocolate was that remarkable. The one thing I noticed was they smelled like the fake butter that they offer for popcorn at movie theaters.

There is also a chocolate version of these but I have not seen them for sale here. I would probably try those but these ones I would not try again. Some people seem to like them. It's an interesting idea.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cats in the Sun

 My cats were enjoying the sun yesterday.

They may be full grown but at times they still act like kittens.




Monday, May 26, 2014

A View From Council Crest

Looking down at part of the city of Beaverton, Oregon from Council Crest. Council Crest is thought to be the highest peak in the city of Portland and in the Tualatin Mountains.

In the opposite direction is Portland, the Fremont Bridge, Columbia River, the city of Vancouver in Washington and Mt St Helens.

And Mt Hood just above the trees.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Two Years Ago I Saw This

It's not the first time I have seen Mount Shasta.

I actually drove up it once in the past.

But it's so impressive that even taking photos while driving past it on Interstate 5 a camera can't help but focus right on it.

The north side shows the carving created by glaciers, lava flows and weather.

Because Mount Shasta is a dormant stratovolcano with four cones including Mount Shastina on the left. There are still fumeroles that vent steam and gases. Mount Shasta isn't done being a volcano yet.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Seeing Mycena

One of the nice things about living in Oregon is the amazing variety of fungi you can find here. 

 A walk in the woods is never without seeing mushrooms.

 Right now there seems to be an abundance of these little Mycena.


Which is a good excuse for a walk in the woods.


These photos were taken at Tualatin Hills Nature Park. 


Friday, January 3, 2014

A Menacing Mansion?

Portland and the surrounding areas have really nice parks. I've tried to check out a few of them. In October I went to see Laurelhurst Park. But I was distracted by all these trucks parked around it.


Strangely there were these tall lights that once again I accidentally came across. So I walked to the street and around the corner and saw this. 

An amazing mansion so large it dwarfed the Grimm crew that was filming there. I said to a crew member that it must look really nice inside. He said it did but since it had been empty for a number of years there was dust and mold. My curiosity about the building was piqued. What was this place and why wasn't it being used for something if not lived in?

Since there were a lot of people around that day I did not want to take many photos. I went back in December to get a better look at what is the Bitar Mansion.

The gate around the entrance is impressive. The bronzed gate has decorative peacocks which are used as a motif in the house.

The house was built in 1927 and is also known as the Harry A. and Ada Green house. The architect was Herman Brookman who designed other well known buildings in the area. It has 17 rooms including a ball room and is 12,000 square feet.

The house was then bought in 1951 by Robert and Mable Bitar. In 2006 it was purchased by a new family but there were issues and the family abandoned the house in 2010 and it sold the next year. That bit of history is rather interesting but I will leave it to the readers to look it up if they want.

Tonight we get a peak inside during the "Red Menace" Grimm episode. I'm looking forward to it.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment especially if you are a Grimm fan. I know the posts are being checked out but since there aren't many comments I may not do many more posts related to Grimm. I would appreciate hearing from you the reader!


Friday, December 13, 2013

It's a rather Grimm Christmas


You know something odd is happening when in the middle of October a place, O'Bryant Square, that normally looks like this

looks like this. Who could be responsible for this? 

Rather festive when we had not even reached Halloween. All for Grimm. Sadly they were very late in starting filming the next night so I did not get a chance to see everything lit up.

However a few days later back up in the North West corner of the Alphabet District those sneaky Grimm elves were at it again. Although we are in Oregon and I am sure somewhere you could buy a Christmas Tree in October.

 Stores were decorated with care.

 In hopes that Krampus would soon be there.

So I will end this with the disclaimer that there is no Northwest Christmas Village in Portland except when Grimm makes it so. Still, it was rather entertaining to see all this.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Like a ghost in the sky


Still working to see what will look best. For now, here is the other volcano we can see from Portland, Oregon. Mt. St. Helens. Impressive now but before it must have looked massive from the tram station at OHSU before it erupted in 1980.





Monday, December 9, 2013

Mt. Hood before the freeze


I'm trying to figure out what to do with photos for blogging. Flickr definitely has nice quality with the photos I put on-line but the fact they keep changing things with no regard to what users want is exhausting. People shouldn't have to worry about what a website is going to do.

So this is a bit of a test. I would appreciate comments as to which of these two photos you see as better quality. They are both the same just hosted two different ways through Google. I do see a difference with my monitor but I'd like to know if others see it too.


As for the photo, I was up at OHSU, the medical complex up on Marquam Hill the other day. There is a tram that one can take down to the Willamette River. It was my first time there so I wanted to take a look from the tram station. The view is amazing. I could see both Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. So here is Mt. Hood as the sun was setting. The brown haze is due to people burning leaves and other debris.

Please leave a comment as to if you see any differences in the photos and what that might be. Thank you very much for participating!